October 2008



Creating a graphic novel but stopping along the way to take some photos, eat some food and admire great art!

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She-Hulk by Michael Bridges

Michael Bridges does some of the most incredible paintings with a focus on superheroes. More of his samples can be found in his site Superhero Portraits. If interested in purchasing any of Michael’s work you can check out his eBay Auctions. I was fortunate enough to ask Michael a few questions in relation to his work.

So Michael, tell me a little about yourself.

I first showed an interest in art as a child at about the age 4 or 5. I became interested comics in Junior High School, which is now called Middle School (which dates me) and is also the time I started drawing them. In high School I was introduced to the art of Salvador Dali and surrealism that’s when I switched from comic book drawing to surreal painting.

What got you to move from surreal painting into comic book art?

I had been doing surreal art for some years and had become pretty good at making my paintings look realistic. I had always loved comics and had thought of trying my hand at maybe trying to do realistic comic book character paintings especially when Alex Ross came on the scene. When I started selling my art on eBay I noticed that comic book art was selling very well so I decided to give the realistic comic book character painting a try and it worked out pretty good for me.

Alex Ross is probably the most definitive comic painter of our times. He was able to move comics away from the cartoony. Is that how you would describe your work?

You can describe my art as fine art and comic book art.

Besides Alex Ross, whose art do you admire?

Neal Adams, Gil Kane, Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio and my all time favorite is Jim Steranko who I don’t think get any credit for the influence he had on comics.

Thanks for your time and sharing the your She-Hulk image.
She-Hulk is probably one of the more difficult characters as she has to be both sexy yet muscular at the same time. The muscle tone of the character and lighting of the piece is fantastic!

8 Responses to “She-Hulk by Michael Bridges”

  1. Hey Stephen, great job on the post. I was honored to do the interview. I have posted a link to the interview on my home page and your banner on my links page.

    You have a great site here. Keep up the good job.

    Thanks for your time. I hope more people go to your site and admire your work. It’s really excellent stuff. Maybe early 2009 if you have the chance, we can do a follow up post.

  2. Ian says:

    Wow, that’s a painting?! When I first looked at the painting from a distance, it looked like a photograph…as if someone had literally painted themself green!

    It’s only upon closer inspection that one might be able to discern that it IS a painting. Even the body tones and all that look so real. Great job Michael!

    She-Hulk was one of my favourite pieces from Michael’s work. You should take a look at some of the other stuff he has done!

  3. Thanks Ian I’m glad you like it. It is my goal to make my superhero paintings look as real as possible.

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